Products I am loving at the moment

I thought it was about time for another product love post! As a bit of a beauty addict and through having this blog, I get exposed to a lot of different products. Some I love, and others not so much. I’ve said before that I like to use this platform for sharing positive and not negative experiences, therefore mainly blogging about things, places and recipes I enjoy and love instead of ranting about something I don’t like. So, on that note, here are a couple of products I am loving at the moment.

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Urban Decay NAKED Flushed Palette // Hermes Perfume in Jour d’Hermes Absolu // Clinique Smart Custom Serum // Estee Lauder Perfectionist Youth Infusing Makeup // Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation // Paula’s Choice Soft Cream Concealer // Clinique Smart Custom Serum // Maybelline Big Eyes Volume Express Waterproof Mascara // Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm

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First up foundations – Even though I have my favourite go-to foundations, I still love trying out new ones. From recent foundations I have tried I was really impressed with the Estee Lauder Perfectionist Youth Infusing Makeup (LINK). I use shade 2C3 in Fresco, which works well for my colouring. Perfectionist Foundation has a satin finish, neither too greasy/dewy or matte. It has a super silky (because it’s infused with an age-defying serum to reduce the look of lines) texture which makes it a dream to apply and blend. The coverage is more light to medium, but is easily buildable if you prefer full cover. When wearing this foundation, I feel it gives my face a nice glow and it lasts well throughout the day. It’s kind of like my skin but better because it looks natural but gives me that extra cover to give me a ‘perfectionist’ look!

Now, Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation is an ‘oldie’ but a goodie. I’ve always been a fan of this foundation but recently recovered my love for it after having not used it for a while. You can read my old review on the blog HERE. I really think this is one of my favourite drugstore foundations and for £10.99 it really is a bargain!

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The Urban Decay Naked FLUSHED Palette (£22 LINK). This little beauty contains a silky bronzer, highlighter and blusher designed to add a radiant glow to all skin types. You can use the pressed powders individually or blend them together depending on the effect you want. The UD Naked Flushed Palette is packaged neatly in a sleek case with an easy-open yet secure magnetic closure and full compact mirror; perfect for touch-ups. It’s so handy to have a compact with all these three products in one, it’s my go-to travel face palette at the moment.

Urban Decay Naked FLUSHED comes in four shades; Naked (medium pink), Streak (medium peach), Native (light pink) and Strip (dusty mauve). I have the shade Native and I love its super pigmented – so go easy on this one – matte pink blush, illuminating bronzer and shimmery highlighter. The highlighter is fab to enhance your facial features like cheekbones, brow bone and even cupids bow.

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Jour d’Hermès Absolu Perfume (LINK)This fragrance is just divine. There’s something I love about the big bold bottle and it just smells so sophisticated and expensive. Jour d’Hermès Absolu is all about ‘expressing the essence of femininity with flowers and nothing but flowers’. It has notes of Gardenia, Sambac Jasmine and Apricot Flower. It’s floral but smooth, sensual and complex at the same time. I am wearing it day and night and just can’t get enough of it. Jour d`Hermes Absolu is available as 30, 50 and 85ml EDP

Paula’s Choice Soft Cream Concealer – I’ve been enjoying using this creamy product. It provides medium to full coverage without caking or looking dry. Its smooth, easy to blend formula covers dark circles, redness and minor imperfections. Comes in two shades; Soft Ivory and Soft Neutral (I use the latter) and is £12.95 per compact (LINK).

Clinique Smart Custom Serum (LINK) - I’ve been applying this twice a day (morning and evening) and really like how it makes my skin look and feel. Clinique says “Clinique Smart Smart Custom-Repair Serum contains calming ingredients that help deliver targeted repair – as needed, where needed. Recommended for all skin types, ages, and ethnicities, it visibly addresses uneven skintone, lines, and wrinkles for visibly firmer, more radiant, and more youthful-looking skin”. After applying it my face feels super soft and my makeup also applies more smoothly.

Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm (LINK) I am already a big fan of the Clinique Chubby Sticks (normal and intense version) so was intrigued when I learned they now also had a baby tint range. What this means? “A bit of colour but a hefty helping of moisture”. The Clinique Baby Tint Chubby Stucks comes as a collection of 4 sheer shades; Poppin Poppy (orange), Coming up Rosie (red), Budding Blossom (pink) and Flowering Freesia (violet). Because these sheer sticks ‘bloom’ on contact with your lips to bring out your natural lip tone – which is different for everyone – I do recommend you test the shades before purchasing since there’s no easy way to tell what the colours will actually turn out like until you try them. I have Poppin Poppy and Coming up Rosie and love the bright but sheer effect they give. Plus they are they are infused with Vitamin C, Shea Butter, Mango Seed Butter and Jojoba Seed Oil, for juicy, soft and supple lips.

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Maybelline Big Eyes Volum’ Express Waterproof Mascara – Been loving this drugstore Mascara. Maybelline is known for their fab mascaras and this is another winner in my books. Get this if you want the look of false lashes without the time-consuming, gluey process of the real thing ;) Also handy is that it has a duel-sided component; one brush for the upper lashes and one for the lower lashes.  It quickly lengthens and thickens my lashes for dramatic results and doesn’t leave any lumps. I find when I use this mascara my eyes just look so open and bright and it lasts all day, and night without flaking! Great value product at only £8.99 (LINK)

A little tip for you on how to apply mascara to your bottom lashes: after applying mascara to your top lashes, look straight ahead and hold your mascara horizontally across your bottom lashes and blink! (if necessary repeat a couple of times across your lash line) I find this works perfectly for me every time!

Have you tried any of these products before or are now curious to?


  
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Rabbit Restaurant – Kings Road

When Rabbit Restaurant opened on the Kings Road last month it pretty much immediately ended up on the top of my to-visit-foodie list! Rabbit is the latest venture by the clever Gladwin brothers, who are behind The Shed in Notting Hill. The Shed is actually one of my favourite little places in West London. I know shame on me that I’ve never blogged about it before, but I always just end up having too much of a good night that I forget to take photos haha.

Just like The Shed, Rabbit is all about celebrating British ‘wild food’ with an emphasis on sustainability and nose-to-tail cooking. Keen on keeping things authentic and within the family, the Gladwin trio Richard, Oliver and Gregory stock the kitchen (not to mention wine cellar) with produce from their family farm and vineyard in West Sussex (Gregory); as well as running front of house (Richard) and manning the stoves (Oliver). And it seems a recipe for success! Right in the heart of Chelsea, Rabbit Restaurant is located on the Kings Road and has that same lovely rustic feel to it as the Shed.

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Me and my friend kicked off our Friday evening with their ‘daily loosener’, the Damsel in Distress which contained Chase GB Gin, Damson, Pineapple Weed, Lemon and Soda, followed by a nice big bottle of Dog Point Sauvignon Blanch (one of my favourites!)

The menu, which changes often, is divided into Mouthfuls, Nutboure Cured Meats, Slow cooking, Fast Cooking and of course Puds! The mouthfuls (at £1.50 each) are literary mouthful and not meant for sharing. We each got a ‘Beetroot Crisp with Goats Cheese and Pear Jam’ and a ‘Mushroom Marmite with Confit Egg Yolk’. Both went down a treat but the beetroot crisp was my favourite – goats cheese nom nom!

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They recommend you get 2-3 plates per person and share them so we decided on 5 between the two of us and that was plenty because the servings are actually pretty decent. From the meats section, we both instantly knew we had to have ‘Chorizo with Labneb, Crisp Bread and Kale (£7.50). They have the same dish on the menu at the Shed and I am just obsessed with it. Crumbly spicy chorizo with crispy flatbread and creamy labneh….order this one, trust me!

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From Slow Cooking we got the ‘Black Cuttlefish with Gnocchi, Tomatoes, Sea Aster and Almonds (£10) and the ‘Lamb Chips with Lemon, Parsley and Harrisa (£8). Lamb chips you ask?! Well they are actually slow cooked lamb made into chunky chip form, coated with breadcrumbs and then deep fried. I know, wowzers!

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From the Fast Cooking we got the ‘Rabbit with Crab Apple, Radicchio, Nutbourne Bacon, Sultanas and Mustard’ (£10) and the ‘Cured Scallop with Nutbourne Air Dried Ham, Wiltshire Truffle and Dulse and Buckshorn (£13.50). When at Rabbit you have to eat Rabbit don’t you agree? The Rabbit and Apple salad was delicious but think next time I am keen to try their Rabbit Ravioli as that also sounded amazing.

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Not that after this feast we really needed dessert but I couldn’t help myself trying something from the Puds section. And their ‘The Shed Magnum Viennetta Parfait really was the perfect combination of creamy vanilla ice-cream, bitter shards of dark chocolate and sweet oozing salted caramel sauce. Plus accompanied by an espresso martini meant we were two very happy girls!

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The Rabbit is definitely another winner for the Gladwin brothers. Delicious quality food, cosy and fun vibe and good service. Oh and did I mention they take bookings? That’s always a big whoop whoop in my books. I definitely recommend adding both restaurants The Shed and Rabbit to your foodie to-visit-list if you’ve not yet been!

Rabbit Restaurant
172 Kings Road, Chelsea
London, SW3 4UP
For a booking call 020 375 00172 or email info@rabbit-restaurant.com
www.rabbit-restaurant.com


  
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Set the standards..

Hello. Hope you’re all having a great week? My life seems to be very much all about work, work and more work at the moment but hey that’s all part of a new job and a new challenge – and that’s what I signed up for! But it does mean the days (even though they are long…) are flying by quickly. So just a quick mid-week motivational post from me today! I totally love this quote, it is so important to set the standards….

 Set the standards..

“Love yourself. Forgive yourself. Be true to yourself. How you treat yourself sets the standard for how others will treat you.” Steve Maraboli. Happy Hump Day :)


  
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The Tower of London Remembers…

On Saturday I finally made it to the Tower of London to see the impressive ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ installation! Created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins to remember all the people that sadly were killed in  WW1 as this year marks one hundred years since the first full day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War. The installation features 888,246 ceramic poppies and each poppy represents a British military person that died during the war. The installation has been at the London landmark since the 5th of August and nearly four million people are expect to have visited it by 12 November, when it will start getting removed. Here are some photos I took at the Tower of London Remembers..

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I am so glad I went to see the Tower of London Remembers installation. It is visually spectacular and good place for personal reflection. The scale of seeing all those poppies really shows the magnitude of such a tragic part of the history of our world.

I kind of think the poppies should stay there longer, if not forever. But as it stand they will be starting to remove them (because they’ve sold all the poppies) on the 12th of November but to allow as many people as possible to see the installation, the poppies will be lit from 04:30 GMT until dawn and then from dusk until midnight. For more information visit http://poppies.hrp.org.uk. For you Londoners, I strongly recommend you go and see this while you still can!


  
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Furiosa FENDI – Fragrance Review

In September FENDI introduced a new fragrance to their range; Furiosa! They say the scent is an ode to the elegance of the House’s iconic furs and a tribute to the FENDI’s woman’s wild yet sophisticated femininity.

“The new FENDI fragrance is a supreme tribute to the heart of FENDI’s unique universe where women are not only magnificent but mostly powerful, impacting on the world with an inimitable grace” Plus Furiosa actually means “furious” and “feisty” in Italian so its going to be punchy.

First up, how gorgeous is the bottle of Furiosa? It was designed by jewellery designer Delfina Dellettrez and who is in the fourth generation of family FENDI.

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The scent is intense, slightly mysterious and luxuriously elegant!  It contains notes of Calabrian bergamot in the top, wallflower (violaciocca) at the heart and amber in the base. When I first smelled this fragrance I wasn’t so sure on it, but it’s totally grown on me. It’s a lovely warm and spicy scent, with depth and flowers in the background. It’s definitely very interesting, classy, the scent lasts all day and I think it’s a great fragrance for the autumn autumn/winter season. I’ve been wearing it a bit recently when out and have received lots of lovely comments so think it’s a winner for when you’re looking to leave a (lovely smelling) impression!

Furiosa FENDI is available exclusively at Harrods for £63 for 50ml and £88 for 100ml (EDP).
Do you like the sound, eh smell, of this fragrance? ;)


  
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